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Comics for Introverts on Huffington Post

A couple weeks ago Gabrielle Bell and her new book, Truth is Fragmentary were all over Huffington Post. Did you catch it? If you didn’t here’s some of the nice things they said:

How does one reconcile the desire to be alone while simultaneously craving companionship? Throughout her book, Bell is pulled in opposite directions — to connect with others and to retreat.

“People! They are so annoying, yammering away with their opinions and feelings and anecdotes and advice. I sit and wait for them to go away, and even after they do their voices continue to yammer in my head,” she writes. “All the little things they say, they sting and bite and wear you down. I‘d rather be eaten alive by insects.”

While that sounds gloomy, don’t be fooled: Bell’s work is bursting with heart. Her keen eye for detail and empathetic, introspective voice results in comics that are joyful, unexpected and often refreshingly hilarious.

The article also features a very nice interview with Gabrielle, here’s a sample:

Tell me about your diary comics. What is the purpose of recording everything in the diary comics?

I used to always keep a personal comic journal. But doing comics takes so long, I’d end up doing a diary all day long, it was so compulsive, and I’d had to get in so many details, so I started publishing it just to feel like I wasn’t wasting all my time.

I used them to work through things, to try to find meaning in things. Life is so chaotic, so you try to create some system. I have to admit that these diaries that I’ve published are all about my basic coping with being alive.

When I would go on trips, I wanted to have something come out of it. If I went to Oslo for a week, I wanted to have this image of Oslo, this recording of day-to-day life in Oslo. It was a challenge for me to make something funny and interesting.

Read the whole article here and order the new book here.

Truth is Fragmentary Review in The Globe And Mail

Last week, Canada’s The Globe and Mail reviewed Gabrielle Bell’s Truth Is Fragmentary. It’s short but sweet:

At one point in her latest comic-strip memoir, Gabrielle Bell wonders whether she is “one of those people who are afflicted with too much consciousness.” For readers, though, Bell’s affliction – evident in her pensive captions, careful lines, and worried-over shading – is rather more of a blessing. Her comics brim with unpredictable, incisive observation, as she records not just the humming details of daily existence, but the fancies that fill life’s lulls as well.

Read the whole review here.

Truth is Fragmentary Reviewed by Paste Magazine

Paste Magazine reviewed Gabrielle Bell’s Truth is Fragmentary. They have some very nice things to say:

Most of the book’s pages are black-and-white, with an uncomplicated panel structure. This approach is characteristic of the genre, but Bell has a great grasp of body language. In addition, her unique aesthetic never veers into sloppiness or overworks the pages. Mostly, though, her work is strong because of its writing — this includes the way she structures a story from panel to panel. The tone is conversational, self-amused, unstressed and assuredly improvisational, like watching an excellent cook throw a meal together from what’s already on hand in the kitchen.

Read the whole review here.

Gabrielle Bell at Desert Island

Tonight! New York! Brooklyn! Desert Island Comics! 7 to 9 pm! Gabrielle Bell will be present for the NY launch of Truth is Fragmentary! Don’t miss it!

Truth is Fragmentary on The Comics Journal

Truth is Fragmentary by Gabrielle Bell was reviewed on The Comics Journal! Here’s a bit about the razor thin lines between non-fiction & fantasy that cut across the book:

Bell plays with the line between fiction and autobiography by injecting moments of total fantasy that may well comment on reality better than any actual real moments. These mostly involve encounters with bears and zombie apocalypses, as well as one hilarious segment where she speculates recovering lost memories as revelations to other lives, and fold in psychological truths that might never appear in the work otherwise. The diary ends with an entire section written by a third person, a fictional secretary that Bell has hired to deal with her diary for her. With this, Bell completely crosses over to full fictional character, both herself and her own biographer, bringing so many of her concerns full circle and in a format that transforms her self-deprecation into the insulting perception of someone else, who may or may not be Gabrielle Bell.

Read the rest of the review here.

New York Launch for Truth is Fragmentary

The official New York launch for Gabrielle Bell’s, Truth is Fragmentary is happening on Thursday, June 26th, 7 to 9 pm at Desert Island Comics in Brooklyn! Don’t miss it!

Reminder: Gabrielle Bell Giveaway

A gentle reminder: 3 days left to sign up for the Goodreads giveaway for Gabrielle Bell’s new book, Truth is Fragmentary:

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Truth is Fragmentary by Gabrielle Bell

Truth is Fragmentary

by Gabrielle Bell

Giveaway ends June 22, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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Truth is Fragmentary Book Launch!

We’re about to celebrate the launch of Gabrielle Bell’s new book, Truth is Fragmentary! We’ve got two events for you:

The first is Friday, June 20 at 8:00pm in Beacon, NY. Here’s the Facebok event page. Be there!

 

For those of you who can’t make it to Beacon, fret not, we have an event in New York City as well!

It’s Thursday, June 26 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm at the amazing Desert Island!!! Here’s the Facebook event page. Not to be missed!

 

Gabrielle Bell Giveaway

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Truth is Fragmentary by Gabrielle Bell

Truth is Fragmentary

by Gabrielle Bell

Giveaway ends June 22, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Now Shipping: Truth is Fragmentary

Now shipping! Gabrielle Bell’s new book Truth is Fragmentary: Travelogues & Diaries. Get it from your fave brick & mortar store, your fave online retailer, or us! Order here.